Smokers, do not apply: U-Haul won't hire some nicotine users

Posted at 6:25 AM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 09:25:44-05

(AP) -- U-Haul has a New Year's resolution: Cut down on hiring people who smoke.

The moving company said that it won't hire nicotine users in the 21 states where it is legal to do so. Those states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

The company said: "Individuals seeking U-Haul jobs in the aforementioned 21 states will see statements regarding the nicotine-free hiring policy on applications, and will be questioned about nicotine use. In states where testing is allowed, applicants must consent to submit to nicotine screening in the future to be considered."

U-Haul says that it wants to make its work environment “healthier."

In a press release, U-Haul Chief of Staff Jessica Lopez said, “We are deeply invested in the well-being of our Team Members. Nicotine products are addictive and pose a variety of serious health risks. This policy is a responsible step in fostering a culture of wellness at U-Haul, with the goal of helping our Team Members on their health journey.”

The new policy will start Feb. 1 and won't apply to those hired before then.

“If we take care for our Team Members, they will take care of our customers,” Lopez said.

The Phoenix-based company has more than 30,000 employees across the U.S. and Canada.